Illuminate: the Psychic and Healing Arts Expo Returns to Flat Rock

by Barbara Bolduc

The popular Illuminate Expo will return to Flat Rock over the weekend of April 13 and 14, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Blue Ridge Community College. This biannual psychic and healing arts expo will host over 70 exhibitors, including healing therapists, intuitive consultants, reiki practitioners, aura photographers, health professionals, and psychics; sessions are $20 each. Metaphysical and spiritual gift items will be available for sale, including books, healing tools, singing bowls, tuning forks, jewelry, crystals, gifts, art, and more. There will also be free raffles, and food will be available for purchase.

A special talk is held at the end of each day. On Saturday between 5:15 and 6 p.m., “Happy Medium” Jonna Rae Bartges will present Spirit Talk! Break on Through to the Other Side, after which she will sign books. Bartges has been tapping into the spirit world since childhood and will get answers to your questions from loved ones on the other side, as well as teach you how to connect with them yourself. She is an Emmy-winning producer and author, and the founder of PSI, the Practical Spirituality Institute. Some of her workshops and classes are certified for continuing education credit for nurses.

On Sunday between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m., Marta Thomas and Lisa Richards will present The Healing Power of Pyramids. Marta Thomas is president of Global Pyramid Network, founder and producer of Global Pyramid Conference, originator of the Pyramid Energy Meet-ups, board member of the Bosnian Pyramid Foundation, and pyramid tour organizer. Lisa Richards is the marketing director of Cosmic Reset, assistant organizer of Global Pyramid Network, and an energy healer and pyramid power philomath. They will discuss healing and pyramids, and the amazing work done by the Pyramid Spiritual Societies Movement in India.

Other subjects of talks held throughout the weekend include jump-starting one’s life with archangels; EFT, past lives and emotional triggers; secrets to aligning with the new Earth; awareness for personal manifestation; gut instinct and the vagus nerve; accelerating one’s spiritual journey; the spiritual mission of UFOs; labyrinth and angelic sound; connecting to one’s higher self; thriving as an empath; electroceutical health; chakras, vibrant health and self discovery; shifting one’s reality; tapping into inner truth; structural and energetic walking; minimizing EMR health dangers; and Law of Attraction, orgone and manifestation.

The producers of the expo, Julie King and Itha Trantham, describe the event as “a celebration of the wonderful holistic and spiritual communities in the Upstate and mountain areas. The event offers real intuitive guidance, alternative healing therapies and great information.” All lectures are included with admission. The expo is sponsored by Crystal Visions Bookstore and Upstate Natural Awakenings magazine.

Admission: $9, see website for $2 coupon; children under 12 are free. Location: Technology Building Conference Center, 49 E. Campus Dr., Flat Rock, NC. For more info, email, call 831-601-9005, or visit

Barbara Bolduc is the Managing Editor of Upstate Natural Awakenings.